This Isn't The Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You, By Jon McGregor
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.
Friday 15 February 2013
This short story collection is linked by the Fenlands and the emotional topography of the people who live in the these flats, from arsonists and tea ladies to a cast of defeated men.
A reworking of an older story, 'In Winter the Sky' showcases McGregory's mastery for mixing clinical dissection of the outer world, with a rich, often melancholia-tinged inner life.
The teenager who killed a man while driving back from a date is now a man consumed by guilt. Complex, crafted, beautiful writing.
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